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Date:5/11/2008

ish Prime Minister Gordon Brown, World Bank Group President Robert Zoellick and Executive director of the United Nations World Food Program Josette Sheeran, offer food crisis action plans and long term ideas for how to end famine and bolster farming.

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Rich But Hungry. London Reporter William Underhill reports that cost-conscious consumers in weakening economies are well aware of the doubling of the cost of wheat that makes their bread sometimes 30 percent more expensive. In the 15-nation euro zone, annual food-price inflation is running at 6.5 percent, the highest figure since recordkeeping began in 1997. It's reckoned that a record 28 million Americans will need food stamps this year, up 1.5 million on last year, and everywhere, politicians are struggling to supply answers to a problem that looks set to worsen.

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Beakers To the Rescue. Special Correspondent Mac Margolis reports on the burgeoning industry of genetically manipulated crops. According to industry analysts, biotech crops have already expanded from practically nothing a decade ago to 282 million hectacres in 23 countries in 2007. The market for GM seeds has more than doubled since 2001, from $3 billion to $7 billion. Enthusiasts say once the products are unleashed onto the marketplace, farmers will be able to grow more nutritious food at lower costs using less water and pesticides, and even in the most punishing weather.

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COVER: The Winds of Regime Change? (Asia edition) Beijing Bureau Chief Melinda Liu reports that while some in Myanmar are still in shock from the deadliest natural disaster in their country's history, others seem almost optimistic: they think the May 2 killer cyclone
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